Aer Lingus is canceling 240 flights in the run-up to the pilots’ strike

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At least 244 Aer Lingus flights will be canceled next week due to strike action by pilots, the airline has confirmed.

Earlier this week, the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) terminated a permanent employment contract from Wednesday 26 June as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

On Friday, IALPA members at Aer Lingus said they now plan to strike on Saturday June 29 from 5am to 1pm BST.

Aer Lingus said 120 flights were canceled on June 29 due to the strike action, affecting 15,000 passengers.

Irish broadcaster RTÉ reported that the number of canceled flights could increase under the pilots’ indefinite work.

In total, the strike will affect more than 40,000 passengers who will fly with the airline between June 26 and July 2.

Aer Lingus said the cancellations would allow it to “protect as many services as possible for as many of our customers as possible”.

However, regional services to and from Belfast and Britain will be “unaffected by any industrial relations action during this period and will operate as planned”, the airline said.

On Friday, Aer Lingus said in a statement that it is “dismayed that IALPA would further escalate this industrial action, following the previously announced treasonous action.”

It said the strike is “clearly intended to cause maximum damage to passengers’ travel plans”.

Aer Lingus said it will do everything it can to minimize disruption to passengers.

On Thursday, the airline announced that it would have to cancel between 10% and 20% of flights during the first five days of the campaign.

Flights cancelled

The flights canceled are: short-haul flights from Dublin to London Heathrow; Paris; Amsterdam; Lyon; Berlin; Birmingham; Brussels; Dusseldorf; Rome; Frankfurt; Geneva; Hamburg; Manchester; Munich; Vienna; as well as the short distance Cork to London Heathrow and the long distance Dublin to JFK.

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